Tempestuous (Twisted Lit)

Tempestuous: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's The Tempest - Kim Askew, Amy Helmes If you're looking for a light, fluffy read with plenty of sassy characters and mischievous action then this is the book for you.Tempestuous is a story about a girl who has to pay off her debt to society by working at a job that she has always found to be beneath her with being a girl from a wealthy background. But it's during her working hours and a fateful snow storm that she learns more about the people she always had a habit of looking down on and about herself. But the story doesn't end there because that's only the beginning.The thing I liked most about this book was its ability to make me laugh. I just couldn't take it seriously. It's a book that you can read to cheer yourself up purely because the events in this book would never happen. But, it was amusing to think it could. It was like Gossip Girl meets Survivor - only these survivors had a lot more luxuries then the people on Survivor ever do. I really liked the characters in this book. Miranda, once popular, was sarcastic, witty and sometimes, just outright funny. There were times when I wanted to hated her for her attitude, but it never lasted for long. Her way of getting back at her old friends was hysterical, but at the same time very immature. But that's what kind of made it relatable to me. There's been times in my life where I wish I could have had my vengeance on people who've done me wrong, but I never did. In this book, it happened.Miranda's co-worker, Ariel, was the one who helped her with her schemes the most and also came up with her own ideas, even though the old friends of Miranda's had never done anything to her. She had been home-schooled and I think that her falling in with Miranda's plans was all just her wanting to fit in with other teens, because, apart from work, she had never had the opportunity to mix with any. I think Miranda helped her find her wings and inspired her loyalty.A large part about this book was Miranda trying to make everybody happy, even when that was an impossibility and what got her into trouble for it in the first place - even if she was getting paid for it. It was also about Miranda facing the parts she didn't like about herself and her old friends and fixing it.Caleb was kind of the mystery boy. It was interesting to peel the layers of his personality. At first, he came off as standoffish and wary, but as the story continued his strengths grew. He worked in a games store, but he was so much more than that - as you'd discover if and when you read this book. There were things that I wouldn't have seen him doing in a million years, and yet, he did them. It was the growth in his personality that did it for me though. He just didn't take any crap from anyone.The other secondary characters also played a big part in this story and they were all interlinked. I think if it hadn't been for them, it wouldn't have been as hilarious as it was.Now I don't know if it was the authors' intention to have this as a romantic-comedy, but that's what it is. Even with a bad guy roaming the mall, stealing things and hurting people couldn't make it any more serious for me. The story was just written in that kind of lighthearted way and was thoroughly enjoyable. Between the snow storm outside and the sparks that flew between Miranda and Caleb - there was definitely a Tempest of some kind involved - especially when handcuffs came into play. Think of that what you will.The only down point that I could see with this book was that the pace was just a little slow for me initially. I kept putting it down to read other books. But, that doesn't mean that I won't be going on to read the other books in the Twisted Lit series, because I will be.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies with a Shakespearean twist.Now for my rating:-Four out of five starsThis review can be found here:-http://magicalmanuscriptsandwritingthings.blogspot.co.nz/